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Revaluing Construction

The performance of the construction industry has been a constant source of criticism and review for many years in the UK and a variety of other countries, and this has culminated in a series of major initiatives aimed at changing the combative nature of the industry to one that effectively provides the service clients say they want. There has been interest in the issues, but little consensus on how to move forward. Following a number of research initiatives a seven part model has been developed. It has been made possible to set out challenges for various key stakeholders and make clear proposals regarding progressive implementation drawing from various national experiences. The seven key areas for action are: - A holistic notion of construction - A shared vision amongst stakeholders - A balance between markets and social capital - Dynamic decisions and information - Evolving knowledge and attitudes - Awareness of the systemic contribution of construction - Promotion of the full value delivered to society Features of this book: - Takes a global perspective on the ways forward for the construction industry. - Identifies seven key areas for action, and the connections between them. - Based on results from a series of international conferences, survey questionnaires and workshops. - Published in association with CIB - the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction
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Contributors . Preface . Acknowledgements. PART 1 INTRODUCTION/OVERVIEW . 1 Introduction/need for change. Peter Barrett and Angela Lee. 2 Overview of agenda for change. Peter Barrett. PART 2 SEVEN PRIORITY AREAS . 3 Holistic idea of construction. Peter Barrett. 4 Shared vision amongst stakeholders. Peter Barrett. 5 Balance of markets and social capital. Peter Barrett. 6 Dynamic decisions and information. Peter Barrett. 7 Evolving knowledge and attitudes. Peter Barrett. 8 Awareness of systemic contribution. Peter Barrett. 9 Promotion of full value delivered by society. Peter Barrett. PART 3 VIEWS AROUND PRIORITY AREAS . 10 Assessing the true value of construction and the built environment. Les Ruddock. 11 Competing revaluing construction paradigms in practice. George Ang. 12 The trajectory of construction procurement in the UK 1. Chris Goodier, Robby Soetanto, Andrew Fleming, Peter McDermott and Simon Austin. 13 Delivering full value through seamless information systems. G. Aouad, N. Bakis, S. Wu and E. Osaji. 14 Long-term educational implications of revaluing construction. Mel Lees. 15 Revaluing construction: a building users' perspective. Jacqueline Vischer. 16 Construction is good!. Angela Lee and Peter Barrett. 17 A wider view: revaluing construction in developing countries. George Ofori. PART 4 IMPLICATIONS IN PRACTICE AND CONCLUSIONS . 18 Exemplars of 'revalued' construction. Lucinda Barrett. 19 Stakeholder action areas. Peter Barrett. 20 Conclusions. Peter Barrett. APPENDICES . A1 Members of the CIB Revaluing Construction Steering Panel. A2 Sequence of activities and sources feeding into the CIB revaluing. construction proactive theme. A3 Sample revaluing construction covering letter and survey. questionnaire. A4 International survey questionnaire results. References . Index

About the Author

Professor Peter Barrett is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Salford. He is a member of the Board of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), the leading international network for innovation in construction, for which he chairs the Programme Committee and champions the Revaluing Construction Priority Theme. He has written extensively, including the books 'Better Construction Briefing' and 'Facilities Management', now in its second edition, both published by Blackwell Publishing.


"A timely publication, and one that could act as a useful point for a reader trying to understand current challenges facing the industry ... .Useful reading for practitioners and students alike." (Journal of Building Appraisal, Spring 2008) "Considerable interest to those who wish to understand the important challenges faced by the construction industry's contribution...interesting insight [into] data collection, analysis and presentation." (Building Engineer) 'Awareness of the issues addressed in Revaluing Construction should therefore, enable policy makers to create long term solutions that take on board the potential future changes that will take place in construction. Equally, postgraduate and final year undergraduate students in construction and related programmes would find the material in the book very informative on the issues they would have to address in their career.' (

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